Piers Morgan taunts vegan activists who stormed steak house

‘Stand up, if you LOVE red meat!’: Piers Morgan taunts vegan activists who stormed steak house and forced diners to hear cows being slaughtered

  • Vegan activists stormed Touro Steakhouse in Brighton to protest meat eating 
  • They played the sounds of cows being slaughtered to the bemused customers
  • But a group on a stag do began chanting in return ‘stand up if you love red meat’ 
  • Piers Morgan has thrown his support behind stags after chanting slogan on GMB

Piers Morgan has waded into the row between a group of vegan activists who stormed a steakhouse and a stag party after chanting ‘stand up if you love red meat!’

The Good Morning Britain presenter was throwing his support behind the stag party which started the chant when demonstrators from Direct Action Everywhere played the sounds of cows being slaughtered at Touro Steakhouse in Brighton. 

Members of the stag party, including a £250 ‘Oompa Loompa impersonator’, started singing to drown the noise out and even persuaded fellow diners to join in during the incident over the weekend.

Piers Morgan has waded into the row between a group of vegan activists who stormed a steakhouse and a stag party after chanting ‘stand up if you love red meat!’

This morning, just five minutes into the show, host Morgan stood up and began chanting ‘stand up if you love red meat, stand up if you love red meat’ while fist pumping.

He later took to Twitter, where he added: ‘Stand up if you love red meat! Millions of insects are murdered during the process of making wheat. Vegans don’t care about insects. I do.’ 

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Most of the diners at the Brazilian-themed restaurant appeared unmoved by the vegan protest and carried on talking and eating, even when the activists played the noise of a cow being killed and shouted ‘It’s not meat, it’s violence’ repeatedly.

Several videos have since emerged from the incident on Saturday night, with some filmed by the activists and others by bystanders. 

The Good Morning Britain presenter was throwing his support behind a stag party who started the chant when demonstrators from Direct Action Everywhere played the sounds of cows being slaughtered at Touro Steakhouse in Brighton

A person filming one of the activists’ video – who is a vegan – can be heard saying: ‘This smells horrible, look at all the flesh.’

But as a spokeswoman attempts to give a speech about the benefits of veganism, patrons can be heard jeering and one mimics a cow mooing.

Waiters are also seen arguing with the demonstrators and trying to get them to leave.

But their chanting only provoked a loud reaction from the stag party, who rose from their seats and started shouting back at them before beginning their song.

A group of vegan activists stormed a steakhouse in Brighton, pictured, and played the sounds of cows being slaughtered to the customers 

After the group started shouting an anti-meat chant, a stag party stood up and sang back ‘Stand up if you love meat’ as members danced around, pictured left and right

Some customers appeared to be laughing, pictured, as the protest carried on around them

Protesters also waved placards with anti-meat messages, left and right, and remained at the restaurant for around 20 minutes

When the activists eventually left, diners shouted ‘You’re not singing anymore’, pictured

Two members of the stag do are seen in this video still taken during the incident on Saturday 

Dan Holmes, 30, who was part of the stag party, told MailOnline the activists were shouting for about 10 minutes before his group lost patience and started singing back.

He said: ‘We felt they had said what they wanted to say and now it was time for them to go away and let people eat. We came up with some fun chants and the whole restaurant stood up when we sang ‘Stand up if you love meat’.

‘A protest is fine, but they overstayed their welcome and were becoming annoying. If they had just had signs then that’s one thing, but playing sounds of animals being killed was going over the top. 

‘One of them was going round this table filming people eating and getting in their faces.’ 

Behind the camera, a voice said: ‘They’re letting us protest but they’re eating the flesh of animals in front of us.’

The protestors remained in the popular steakhouse for 20 minutes before departing to stand outside.

One of the protesters read out a speech that said ‘no good person’ could eat an animal and not think of their suffering

The group posted about their demonstration on Facebook, pictured, and said they were highlighting the ‘mass killing of innocent animals’ in a ‘public and non violent way’

Staff were seen trying to carry on as normal, pictured left and right, as the protesters moved around the restaurant

One of the protesters held up a sign with a cow on it with the slogan ‘I want to live’

A spokeswoman for the group attempted to make a speech, left, but customers seemed unmoved and more interested in taking pictures and videos of the incident

Staff at the steakhouse, pictured, said police were called but did not attend

As they left, disgruntled diners are again heard booing, whistling and chanting ‘you’re not singing anymore’ at the departing group.

Who were the activists who stormed steakhouse? How animal rights protest group with branches across UK was founded in San Francisco 

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is an animal rights protest group that was originally set up in San Francisco in 2013.

Its mission is to achieve ‘total animal liberation’ and the creation of a law requiring ‘species equality’.

Associated groups then spread throughout the US, protesting against conditions at farms used by Whole Foods and organising sit-ins at Chipotle restaurants against animal violence.

By December 2014 the organisation had spread across the globe, with groups established in 90 cities in 20 countries, and in the present day it has organised protests in 217 cities in 43 countries.

In the UK it has branches in Liverpool, Brighton, Bristol, Coventry, London, Birmingham, Portsmouth, Cambridge, north east England, Belfast and Scotland.

DxE pledge to take non-violent direct action but its disruptive demonstrations have been branded bullying.

Members in the US have previously been charged with burglary and theft after raiding farms and stealing livestock. 

Mr Holmes, who came down with friends from Ampthill in Bedfordshire on a package stag party weekend in Brighton, added the protest continued for an hour outside after they left.

He added: ‘It didn’t spoil anything for us, and in fact our Whatsapp group has been going mad ever since so it added to it if anything.

‘The most perfect bit was we just blindfolded the groom and handcuffed him to the Oompa Loompa so the timing was great!’ 

Mr Holmes added the manager of the restaurant even gave them free shots after the protesters left. 

A spokeswoman for Direct Action Everywhere Brighton said: ‘In a time where we are experiencing mass environmental destruction, largely due to our unsustainable and unethical food choices, it is paramount that we put our egos and selfishness aside and accept that we are all connected, we are all animals.

‘We can no longer ignore the suffering and pain we cause. We are not the only sentient beings that inhabit this planet.’ 

Madsu Sudan Galtam, manager at Touro, told the Brighton Argus: ‘They came in and started shouting about animals and holding some signs.

‘They didn’t do anything aggressive but it was a bit annoying because it disrupted everyone. 

‘We did make a phone call to the police but they never arrived.’

Sussex Police said it sent to community support officers to the restaurant but found the demonstrators protesting outside and not committing any offences. 

A spokesperson said: ‘We received a report of a protest by a group of 20 people at the Touro steakhouse in West Street, Brighton, on Saturday at 7.10pm. They were said to be animal rights activists. 

‘Two police community support officers attended and found the group were protesting outside the restaurant. 

Direct Action Everywhere Brighton also told the customers it was ‘paramount we put our egos aside’ and ‘accept we are all animals’

When the group left unimpressed customers, pictured, jeered them and chanted ‘you’re not singing anymore’

The demonstration continued outside the restaurant, pictured, and the manager said it was ‘annoying’ because it ‘disrupted everyone’

Sussex Police said it attended with community support officers but found the group ‘protesting peacefully’ outside, pictured left and right

‘They were not committing any offences and were allowed the right to peaceful protest.’

It is estimated that the number of vegans in the UK has quadrupled to 650,000 since 2011.

Now direct action groups are on the rise as animal liberation activists team up with vegan protestors.

Direct Action Everywhere have protested at a number of restaurants serving meat as well as supermarkets.

The grassroots group, which was founded in the US in 2013, now has several branches across Britain.

One of the activists posted on Facebook ‘we will not be silent so you can be comfortable’

The demonstrators were shouting ‘It’s not meat, it’s violence’ throughout the evening

But some customers made a laugh and a joke of the protest by dancing around on camera

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